Re: boycotting artists

From: Mitsu Hadeishi (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Dec 04 2006 - 09:45:02 PST

I might repeat that the boycott as stated was not supposed to be of
artists (though the fact that anyone on this list would even consider
boycotting artists of any nationality truly disturbs me --- that
wasn't what was being called for) but rather artists boycotting doing
things for Israel, for the government or for larger organizations.

I personally find the whole idea very problematic. While it is
eminently clear that the Israelis are doing some bad things, it's
equally clear that there are lots of forces in the region doing bad
things. It seems to me that we ought to be putting pressure on both
sides to tamp down their extremism and inflexibility and get down to
the business of giving each other a chance to have peace. I don't
think the blame rests entirely on one side or the other of that
intractable conflict --- both sides are to blame, perhaps not
equally, but certainly there is plenty of blame to go around.


On Dec 4, 2006, at 12:21 PM, Freya wrote:

> I know it's really far from the thread we were
> originally on, but I'm interested in this idea of
> boycotting artists.
> The question I have to ask is, would anybody notice?
> :)
> Someone told me a story of how some artist friends of
> theirs went on a strike for a whole year! Suffice to
> say the government didn't collapse! ;)
> Heres another question, if there was a total boycott
> or ban on Experimental film, would anybody really
> notice???!
> Apart from my lovely friends on this list of course!
> ;)
> love
> Freya
> --- saul ostrow <email suppressed> wrote:
>> I wish that someone would call a boycott against
>> artists from the
>> States -- it would show our gov't and our audiences
>> that business
>> (culture) can not go on as usual when as policy our
>> government
>> continues to openly engage in, support and is
>> complicit in crimes
>> against humanity. Yes a boycott against US artist
>> (in the broadest
>> sense) is a good idea
>> Saul
>> On Dec 4, 2006, at 8:41 AM, Yoel Meranda wrote:
>>> A "cultural boycott" sounds ridiculous to me.
>>> Who are you trying to punish? Israeli artists?
>>> How would the Americans feel if the world
>> boycotted all their art
>>> because of their country's policies. So ban all
>> American art, with no
>>> discrimination, whether it is universal, whether
>> it preaches humanism,
>>> respect towards the other, or criticizes its
>> government?
>>> How is this going to help your cause? Punish the
>> artists who are
>>> usually the ones who fight most against the
>> oppression, the
>>> xenophobia, the wars?
>>> So US artists should be boycotted? Sudanese
>> artists should be
>>> boycotted? Afghan artists should have been
>> boycotted during Taliban?
>>> China, who tortures thousands of people, should be
>> boycotted? Russia,
>>> too? Or do you think Israel is the only country in
>> the world who has
>>> crimes against humanity?
>>> This is ridiculous...
>>> How is it that the artists and scientists (of all
>> people) choose to
>>> boycott artist and scientists (of all people).
>>> Multicultural dialogue is the only solution... if
>> there is any...
>>> Amos Gitai is one of my favorite filmmakers alive,
>> his films are very
>>> critical of the Israeli government's policies and
>> he tries to
>>> understand the narrative of both sides, especially
>> the Palestinians.
>>> But according to some, the world should hear no
>> more of what he has to
>>> say...
>>> Arbitary "borders" should have no influence on who
>> we choose to read,
>>> listen, watch...
>>> yoel
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